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Hay Festival 2009

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ConversationDom Joly and Danny Wallace

Event 330

Dom Joly and Danny Wallace

Comedy and Conspiracy

–  Discovery Stage
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Comedians and writers Dom Joly and Danny Wallace take a look at conspiracy theories, fake news and more in this funny, frank and sometimes frightening discussion. Joly’s new book The Conspiracy Tourist: Travels Through a Strange World sees him meeting followers of QAnon in Cornwall, New Age-ers in Glastonbury and UFO hunters in Roswell, and taking a flat-earther to the edge of the world. In Wallace’s book Somebody Told Me he encounters families torn apart by accusations and fake news, journalists putting themselves on the frontline of the disinformation war, reformed conspiracy theorists and more. Joly and Wallace talk to author and tech researcher Carl Miller.

Price: £13.00
TalkYordanka Dimcheva and Katharina Karcher

Event 331

Yordanka Dimcheva and Katharina Karcher

Creative Responses to Terror: Three Objects, Six People and Their Stories

–  Meadow Stage
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Building on years of creative collaborations with survivors of terror attacks, Yordanka Dimcheva and Dr Katharina Karcher tell the stories of six inspiring people through three objects. From the narwhal tusk used by MoJ employee Darryn Frost and prisoner Steven Gallant in 2019 to tackle an armed attacker on London Bridge, to the camera of David Fritz Goeppinger, who survived the hostage-taking in the 2015 Bataclan attack, and the knitted teddy bear made by Figen Murray after losing her son in the Manchester Arena bombing, Karcher illustrates how creative practice can be used to remember violent loss, (re)claim agency and work towards less violent futures. Dimcheva is a PhD candidate in French Studies, focusing on terrorism in France, and Karcher is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages, both at the University of Birmingham.

Price: £11.00
ConversationCandice Brathwaite and Africa Brooke talk to Nichi Hodgson

Event 332

Candice Brathwaite and Africa Brooke talk to Nichi Hodgson

Manifest and Express Yourself

–  Spring Stage
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Looking for a new approach to life, a way to make your dreams reality and a stronger connection to yourself and those around you? Then author Candice Brathwaite (Manifest(o): Unlock the Life you Deserve) and consultant and coach Africa Brooke (The Third Perspective: Brave Expression in the Age of Intolerance) are here to help, in conversation with journalist Nichi Hodgson. Brooke shares her method for expressing yourself and embracing bravery, with the aim of placing you back in the driver’s seat of your own life. Brathwaite explores what manifesting looks like if you're not white, thin, traditionally pretty or able bodied. Prepare for a conversation that will leave you feeling inspired and ready to tackle any problem or achieve any dream.

Price: £13.00
PerformanceThe Last Days of Franz Kafka

Event 333

The Last Days of Franz Kafka

With James McVinnie, Toby Jones and Julian Rhind-Tutt

–  St Mary’s Church
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“And how late it is already!” So ended one of Franz Kafka’s final diary entries; the last was dated 12 June 1923, less than a year before he died on 3 June 1924. The second weekend of this year’s Hay Festival coincides with the 100th anniversary of the last two days of Kafka’s life, a tragic moment in literary history but one also charged with hope, because of his irrepressible spirit and immortal work, which survived despite its author’s wishes.

To mark the centenary, the London Review of Books has mined its remarkable archive to publish a chorus of the different ways its writers have thought about Kafka over the years. This one-off performance is interspersed with readings from Kafka’s own later diary entries, by special guests Toby Jones and Julian Rhind-Tutt; and music from Max Richter’s The Blue Notebooks, itself inspired by Kafka’s journals, played by the celebrated organist James McVinnie.

Price: £18.00
ConversationBBC Radio 4: Natalie Haynes Stands Up For the Classics

Event 449

BBC Radio 4: Natalie Haynes Stands Up For the Classics

–  Exchange Marquee
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'Rockstar mythologist' Natalie Haynes is the best-selling author of 'Divine Might', 'Stone Blind', and 'A Thousand Ships', as well as a reformed comedian who is a little bit obsessive about Ancient Greek and Rome. Today she stands up in the name of two great figures from the ancient world. Expect life-enhancing knowledge and entertaining stories from a millennium or so ago.

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ConversationBob Cryer and Miriam Margolyes talk to Alex Clark

Event 334

Bob Cryer and Miriam Margolyes talk to Alex Clark

The Life and Laughs of a Comedy Legend

–  Discovery Stage
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Gain a rare insight into the life of the legendary, late comedian Barry Cryer, whose work included BBC Radio 4’s long-running I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. His son Bob Cryer speaks to actor Miriam Margolyes about the man behind the jokes. Filled with candour and warmth, this discussion is an ode to Barry Cryer’s incredible life and to the lessons he imparted on the art of comedy during his 60-year career.

Bob Cryer is an actor and writer best known for Coronation Street and Hollyoaks. With his father, he created the book series Mrs Hudson’s Diaries, which was adapted into a play for Wilton’s Music Hall. Mrs Hudson’s Radio Show soon followed for Radio 4 in 2018. Their joint podcast, Now Where Were We?, launched just before Barry Cryer’s death in 2022. His book Same Time Tomorrow? is about Barry Cryer's life and career. Cryer and Margolyes talk to Alex Clark.

Price: £15.00
ConversationSimon Armitage and Clive Hicks-Jenkins

Event 335

Simon Armitage and Clive Hicks-Jenkins

Hansel & Gretel: The Laureate and the Illuminator

–  Wye Stage
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Simon Armitage’s reinvention of a fairy tale, Hansel & Gretel: A Nightmare in Eight Scenes, was published in 2023. It’s the third book by the Poet Laureate to be illustrated by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, following Sir Gawain & the Green Knight in 2018 and The Owl and the Nightingale in 2021.

The Poet Laureate and the artist/illustrator hold a conversation with pictures, talking about their experiences of working together and reading favourite passages from the three books. Hicks-Jenkins directed and designed the music theatre production with actors and puppets of Armitage’s Hansel & Gretel when it premiered in 2018, and two members of the original cast make a special appearance.

Original illustrations from the books can be seen in Clive’s exhibition at local art gallery The Table, Hay-on-Wye, from Thursday 23 May to Saturday 22 June.
Price: £15.00
ConversationRob da Bank

Event 336

Rob da Bank

Camp Bestival at Home

–  Meadow Stage
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Do you want to introduce your children to the magic and wonders of a festival, but can’t face the muddy fields? Then DJ Rob da Bank, co-founder of Camp Bestival, is here to help. He shares tips, activities and ideas to keep the whole family inspired all year round and recreate the magical ethos of the festival at home, with campfire singalongs, family raves, kitchen discos and more.

Following his conversation, Rob da Bank plays a DJ set at 9.45pm – with time for a drink at the Festival Bar in between.
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ConversationAdam Biles, Hari Kunzru, Isabella Hammad and guests

Event 337

Adam Biles, Hari Kunzru, Isabella Hammad and guests

In Writers we Trust?

–  Spring Stage
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Join the literary director of Shakespeare and Company Adam Biles (author of Feeding Time and Beasts of England), with journalist and novelist Hari Kunzru (The Impressionist, Blue Ruin) Isabella Hammad (author of The Parisian and Enter Ghost) and other guests for a far-ranging conversation on the role writers play in our cultural discourse, the art of the author interview and the importance of independent bookshops.

Shakespeare and Company, Paris, is one of the world’s most iconic and beautiful bookshops. Long favoured as a meeting place for writers and readers, it has hosted events with some of the greatest authors of our age. Highlights from these conversations are captured in the new Shakespeare and Company Book of Interviews, bringing their insights together with warmth, sensitivity and humour.

Price: £13.00
PerformanceAdam Kay

Event 338

Adam Kay

Stand Up: Undoctored

–  Global Stage
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The nation’s twelfth-favourite doctor brings his brand new show to Hay Festival, fresh from a record-breaking run at the Edinburgh Fringe and a sell-out season in the West End. His book This is Going to Hurt was a literary sensation, selling three million copies and becoming a multi-BAFTA-winning BBC series. Undoctored follows on from This is Going to Hurt, and will leave you laughing and crying with Kay’s unique tales of life on and off the wards. It also contains the ‘degloving’ story because people ask for refunds if they don’t hear it. “Darkly hilarious – this show will have you in stitches” – The Standard.

16+ years
Warning: Contains medical themes and stories that some may find distressing.
Price: £22.00
PerformanceAngela Barnes

Event 339

Angela Barnes

Stand-up: Live

–  Wye Stage
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Join Angela Barnes (Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown) as she tries out some new ideas she’s had. There will be thoughts, there will be stories, there will be successes, there will be failures, and there will be jokes – so come along to find out which is which… “She’s just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic” – The Guardian.

Angela Barnes swapped a career in health and social care for stand-up in 2010 and hasn’t looked back. Within just a couple of years she had won the 2011 BBC New Comedy Award and toured around the country with her stand-up shows. She is a firm favourite on BBC Radio 4, having featured on The Now Show and The News Quiz.

Price: £20.00
PerformanceRob da Bank

Event 340

Rob da Bank

DJ Set

–  Meadow Stage
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Join legendary DJ Rob da Bank for a set at Hay Festival. Grab some drinks at the Festival Bar and settle in for his eclectic mix of audio loveliness from techno to chillwave, covering a spectrum of leftfield music, new and old.

Da Bank is co-founder of music festivals Bestival and Camp Bestival, and after a hugely successful career at BBC Radio 1, he joined the 6 Mix Resident roster. Aside from radio and festivals, da Bank is creator of the Sunday Best label which has released music by David Lynch, Dan le Sac & Scroobius Pip, Valerie June, Dub Pistols and Beardyman.

Price: £12.00
ActivityMorning Yoga with Hay Yoga Collective

Event 341

Morning Yoga with Hay Yoga Collective

–  Creative Hub
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Start your day with an hour of yoga blending movement, mantra, meditation and breathwork. The classes support detoxification and regeneration – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our daily yoga classes are brought to you by a collective of ten highly skilled practitioners, all local to Hay-on-Wye. Each practitioner has their own style, but with all you can expect a mindful, student-focused practice with clear cueing and functional sequencing.

Whether you need grounding and recharging before a busy day at the Festival, an opportunity to stretch and move your body, or simply an hour to focus on your breathing, these classes are open and accessible to all. Practitioners will adapt to different levels of experience, providing options for deepening or softening within poses so that each student takes what they need from the practice. Beginners and experienced students are most welcome. Yoga mats are provided.

Please contact Clare Fry at hello@larchwoodstudio.com with any questions relating to these classes. As capacity is limited, we recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, and alert your practitioner at the start of class if you have any injuries.
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ActivityHay Castle Entry Ticket

Event HC20

Hay Castle Entry Ticket

–  Hay Castle
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A fantastic opportunity to see behind the scenes of this unique and historic building. Visit at a time of your choice during Castle opening hours.

Price: £5.00
ActivityBreakfast Tour with Tom True

Event HC21

Breakfast Tour with Tom True

–  Hay Castle
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Hay Castle’s executive director Tom True introduces the key moments and characters from the castle’s past followed by a continental breakfast.

Price: £20.00
ActivityWild Swimming in the River Wye

Event 342

Wild Swimming in the River Wye

–  Meet at By the Wye
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Come for a wild swim in the Wye with adventure and wild swimming specialist Angela Jones. The author of Wild Swimming the River Wye is passionate about protecting and respecting the river, its environment and wildlife. She shows how to engage in wild swimming with love and respect, testing the water for cleanliness and observing when it’s safe, before leading a guided wild swim session. Beginners and seasoned swimmers alike will gain a wealth of knowledge, including tips on acclimation, water safety, equipment, technique, reading the river and undercurrents.

You will meet Angela on the banks of the river at By the Wye Glamping Site, HR3 5RS, located just past the main bridge into Hay on the B4351
(What3Words : lifestyle.waving.cavalier).

The session starts at 10am and ends at 12pm at the river.

There is no parking at the swim site, please park in one of the designated car parks around town.

Please bring swimming gear and towel. Water shoes and wetsuits optional. There are no changing facilities by the river, so we recommend donning swimming costumes in advance, worn under loose clothing. Please do not don wetsuits in advance. Bring a thermos or drink and warm clothes for after the swim. Wetsuits can be provided on loan for £5 with prior notice – contact angela@swimwildwye.co.uk.
Price: £30.00
PanelRichard Coles, Dharshini David, Suzannah Lipscomb and guests

Event 343

Richard Coles, Dharshini David, Suzannah Lipscomb and guests

The News Review

–  Discovery Stage
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Start your day at Hay Festival with our daily news review. Join leading journalists and special guests as they take us behind the headlines with insider perspectives, insights and an eye on what’s next. Strong coffee recommended!

Among today’s guests are Reverend Richard Coles, co-presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and author of the Canon Clement Mystery series, Dharshini David, author, broadcaster and Chief Economics Correspondent for BBC News, Professor Suzannah Lipscomb, host of Not Just the Tudors podcast from History Hit and Chair of Judges for the inaugural Women's Prize for Non-Fiction and chaired by former BBC Arts Correspondent and Chief News Presenter Rebecca Jones.

Price: £13.00
ConversationHisham Matar talks to Philippe Sands

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Hisham Matar talks to Philippe Sands

My Friends

–  Meadow Stage
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American-Libyan writer Hisham Matar’s new novel is about three Libyan men in political exile in London, and the emotional homeland that deep friendships can provide. It begins in 1984, the year that officials inside the Libyan embassy in London’s St James’s Square fired a machine gun into a crowd of unarmed protesters. Matar’s earlier novel, The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, about his father’s abduction by Gaddafi’s forces and the decades-long quest to discover his fate, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2017. He discusses his new book with writer and lawyer Philippe Sands.

Price: £11.00
ConversationFiona Williams talks to Ingrid Persaud

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Fiona Williams talks to Ingrid Persaud

Debut Discoveries: The House of Broken Bricks

–  Spring Stage
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Fiona Williams’ The House of Broken Bricks focuses on Tess and Richard; the former yearns for the comforting chaos of life as it once was while the latter fights to get his winter crops planted rather than deal with the discussion he cannot face. Williams discusses her story of a broken family, who might be able to heal as the seasons change, with novelist Ingrid Persaud.

Price: £11.00
ActivityWayfaring Walk with a National Park Warden

Event 346

Wayfaring Walk with a National Park Warden

–  Meeting Place on Festival Site
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A warden from the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park leads a walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye. A local expert gives insights into this treasured landscape.

Hay-on-Wye is based within 520 square miles of beautiful landscape that makes up the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park. The National Park is driving change to bring about a sustainable future, meeting our needs within planetary boundaries. Their Hay Festival series of walks take you into the town’s local environment while offering the opportunity to learn more about the Park’s work and its treasured landscape.

Please wear appropriate footwear and outdoor gear. We regret we cannot accommodate dogs on this walk.
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ConversationBBC Radio 4: The Verb

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BBC Radio 4: The Verb

–  Exchange Marquee
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Join us for a recording of The Verb, BBC Radio 4’s poetry celebration and ‘language lock-in’, hosted by its kindly pub-landlord Ian McMillan. In this special festival edition Ian has invited a host of award-winning poets, writers and performers to join him on stage for a spoken word party. His guests include the actor and writer, Miriam Margolyes – who understands how a poem should sound in the air, the novelist Kevin Barry - his latest novel delights in the language of ballads - by the poet Owen Sheers who will unlock the secrets of the truly great poetic line, and by the musician and songwriter Gwenno; she’ll perform her own work and let us into one of her influences - the poet, and radical artist Edrica Huws.

Free – drop in
ConversationRob Biddulph

Event F79

Rob Biddulph

Peanut Jones

–  Wye Stage
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Illustrator Rob Biddulph sketches out a fun-packed and interactive session for all the family. Rob’s brilliant #DrawWithRob videos have inspired many to take up a pencil, and now you can join in live with a draw-along fresh from his latest book. The final book in his Peanut Jones trilogy, Peanut Jones and the End of the Rainbow, dazzles with magic, danger, friendship and art. Find out all about Rob’s journey from budding artist to award-winning picture book creator and Guinness World Record holder in this event fizzing with fun and creativity.

Family, 6+ years
Please bring your own sketchbook and pencils to draw along in this event.
Price: £7.00
PerformanceSteve Antony

Event F80

Steve Antony

Cat Nap & Rainbowsaurus

–  Creative Hub
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Join bestselling and award winning author and illustrator Steve Antony in a high energy, interactive, story time and drawing event. Meet Steve's mischievous character, Cat, and hunt down a vibrant dinosaur in his brand new picture books Rainbowsaurus and Cat Nap. These perfect family reads introduce naptime, colours and animals to little ones.

3+ years
Please bring your own sketchbook and pencils to draw along in this event.
Price: £7.00
WorkshopNathanael Lessore

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Nathanael Lessore

Steady for This

–  Family Area
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Join Nathanael Lessore for an interactive, laugh-out-loud workshop-style event. Nathanael’s breakout debut Steady for This introduces us to wannabe rapper MC Growls. When a livestream practice goes horribly wrong Growls has to prove his talents, not just to the school but to himself. The King of Nothing is Nathanael’s latest book, which celebrates boyhood and is inspired by his own experience of the joys and challenges of growing up as a working-class person of colour.

11+ years
Please bring your own notebook and pen or pencil to this event.
Free, drop in.
WorkshopPizza-making Workshop

Event W76

Pizza-making Workshop

Kitchen Garden Pizza

–  Family Garden
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Come to the Family Garden for a pizza masterclass with Kitchen Garden Pizza. In this one-hour session your imagination and creativity will be fed along with your belly! You’ll get your hands messy with freshly grown and foraged ingredients, make and top your own dough and observe the pizzaioli at work at the wood-fired oven. And while you wait for your pizza to cook, you can decorate your own pizza box!
Dairy-free and gluten-free options available.

4+ years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
Price: £16.00
ActivityMake & Take Crafting

Event MT25

Make & Take Crafting

Sunday Morning Session

–  Make & Take Hub
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An opportunity to get crafting! Activities differ every day, including everything from print-making to junk modelling with recycled materials. Get messy and creative: your imagination is the limit.

Book for the session and you can drop in at any point during the 1.5 hour duration. Accompanying adults: please stay in attendance at all times, but you do not require a ticket.

3–11 years
Price: £5.00
Ella Berthoud

Event 415

Ella Berthoud

Fiction Prescription

–  Bookshop Garden
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Bibliotherapy is the art of prescribing fiction to cure life's ailments, from Apathy to Zestlessness. Ella Berthoud is a Bibliotherapist and author of The Novel Cure and The Story Cure and has been prescribing novels for the past 15 years. In your 20 minute session with Ella you will find out what kind of a reader you are, what is happening in your life, and then she will give you the perfect books to see you through the next few months of reading, in your own Fiction Prescription.
Pop by to book a session, on a first come, first served basis
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WorkshopPizza-making Workshop

Event W77

Pizza-making Workshop

Kitchen Garden Pizza

–  Family Garden
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Come to the Family Garden for a pizza masterclass with Kitchen Garden Pizza. In this one-hour session your imagination and creativity will be fed along with your belly! You’ll get your hands messy with freshly grown and foraged ingredients, make and top your own dough and observe the pizzaioli at work at the wood-fired oven. And while you wait for your pizza to cook, you can decorate your own pizza box!
Dairy-free and gluten-free options available.

4+ years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
Price: £16.00
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ConversationSimon Armitage

Event 347

Simon Armitage

Blossomise

–  Discovery Stage
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The Poet Laureate shares the new perspectives and energy he brings to a timeless subject in his newest collection of poems. Blossomise, published in collaboration with the National Trust as part of its annual Blossom campaign, celebrates the arrival of spring blossom and acknowledges its melancholy disappearance. Armitage talks to broadcaster and presenter Rebecca Jones.

Price: £13.00
TalkDharshini David

Event 348

Dharshini David

Environomics: How the Green Economy is Transforming Your World

–  Global Stage
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Why might an orangutan care which toothpaste you choose? What does your mobile phone have to do with wind turbines? And can your morning coffee really power a bus? Economics affects every aspect of our lives and there are huge changes afoot as the global green revolution speeds up. Dharshini David, Chief Economics Correspondent for BBC News, reveals the green changes already taking place in every aspect of our world, from sustainable materials and corporate greenwashing to industrialisation and global trade wars. David explores the industries of energy, food, fashion, technology, manufacturing and finance, showing how the smallest details in our day can tell a bigger economic story.

Price: £15.00
ConversationAnna Funder and Sandra Newman talk to John Mitchinson

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Anna Funder and Sandra Newman talk to John Mitchinson

Retelling Orwell

–  Wye Stage
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Authors Anna Funder and Sandra Newman discuss George Orwell, and highlight the women forgotten in his life and his work. Funder’s Wifedom is a non-fiction book about Orwell’s first wife, Eileen O’Shaughnessy, whose literary brilliance shaped Orwell’s work. Largely forgotten now, she is brought back to life by Funder, using newly discovered letters. Newman is the author of Julia, a retelling of Orwell’s 1984. The book explores state control over women’s bodies and the terror of totalitarianism. Newman was chosen by the Orwell Estate to write the novel and has the approval of George Orwell’s son, Richard Blair.

Price: £13.00
ConversationAdania Shibli talks to Hisham Matar

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Adania Shibli talks to Hisham Matar

Minor Detail

–  Meadow Stage
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Palestinian writer Adania Shibli discusses her novel Minor Detail with American-Libyan writer Hisham Matar. A story about a young woman raped in the mist of the Palestian/Israeli conflict of 1949, the book was longlisted for the 2021 International Booker Prize and shortlisted for the 2020 National Book Award for Translated Literature.

Minor Detail begins during the summer of 1949, one year after the war that the Palestinians mourn as the Nakba – the catastrophe that led to the displacement and expulsion of more than 700,000 people – and the Israelis celebrate as the War of Independence. Israeli soldiers capture and rape a young Palestinian woman, and kill and bury her in the sand. Many years later, a woman in Ramallah becomes fascinated to the point of obsession with this ‘minor detail’ of history. A haunting meditation on war, violence and memory, Minor Detail cuts to the heart of the Palestinian experience of dispossession, life under occupation, and the persistent difficulty of piecing together a narrative in the face of ongoing erasure and disempowerment.

Price: £11.00
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